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USS McConnell (DE 163)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 stars - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 201
McConnell (DE 163) Building and Operational Data:
  • 19 October 1942: Keel laid by the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 28 March 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Grace Otteson McConnell
  • 28 May 1943: Commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Cmdr. D. D. Humphreys in command
  • 29 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 3 years and 1 month of service
  • 01 October 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 21 March 1974: Sold for scrapping to Texas Marine & Salvage, Port Neches, Tex.
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    36k Riley Franklin McConnell was born 22 July 1884 at Gate City, Va., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy on 07 June 1909. For over three decades he carried out a wide variety of assignments. During World War I he served as navigator in Arkansas; later, he had duty as executive officer in Ohio, Relief, and Chicago; and in 1935 and 1936 he commanded Milwaukee. Following instruction at the Naval War College, he served on the staff of Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet, between 1925 and 1927. Commissioned captain 01 September 1934, he returned to the Asiatic Fleet and served as Chief of Staff from 30 October 1936 to 25 July 1939. For distinguished service during this period, he received the Navy Cross. He assumed command of the Naval Training Station at San Diego 22 August 1939 and died while on active duty there 12 July 1940.

    USS McConnell (DE 163) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo Courtesy of the San Diego Navy Historical Association)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    95k June 1943: Bows on overhead of USS McConnell (DE 163) immediately after her May 28th commissioning. This photo gives a good overhead view of the Cannon class destroyer escort layout.

    (Photo from the U.S. Naval Recognition Manual, 1943-45 Ed.)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    68k 16 June 1943

    (National Archives Photo)
    Frank Harmon
    54k 27 July 1944

    (National Archives Photo)
    Ens. E.J. McCoy
    65k 06 January 1945: Bow on view of USS McConnell (DE 163) off Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-163-227-45)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    86k 06 January 1945: Broadside view of McConnell. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 22 November 1944 until 10 January 1945.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-163-224-45)
    77k 06 January 1945: Stern view of McConnell. She was in overhaul at Mare Island from 22 November 1944 until 10 January 1945.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-163-222-45)
    119k 09 January 1945: Aft plan view of McConnell at Mare Island. Areas modified by the shipyard are shown in the circled areas.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-163-281-45)
    162k 09 January 1945: Forward plan view. Areas modified by the shipyard are shown in the circled areas.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-163-282-45)
    McConnell / Stewart
    226k September 1960: Green Cove Springs, Fla. - USS McConnell and USS Stewart (DE 238) laid up in reserve at the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Naval Station, Green Cove Springs. John Chiquoine
    West Chester, Pa.
    McConnell / Stewart
    276k undated: The former USS McConnell laid up in reserve at the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Reserve Fleet. But which one? This photo is undated. McConnell was orginally laid up at Green Cove Springs, Fla. In March 1961 the Navy announced it would be closing Green Cove Springs and by June 1962 all the ships had been moved out. Many went to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, but the majority were moved to the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility at Orange. Tex.

    (A Ted Stone photo from the Ted Stone Collection)
    Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.

    McConnell History
    View the USS McConnell (DE 163) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    McConnell's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 28 May 1943 - 11 Sep. 1943Cmdr. Denis D. Humphreys, USN (Comm. CO)
    2.) 11 Sep. 1943 - 12 Jul. 1944Lt. Richard Cady Young, USNR (Newport, R.I.)
    3.) 12 Jul. 1944 -  06 Jun. 1945Lcdr. Loris Calmer Oglesby, USNR (Corvallis, Ore.)
    4.) 06 Jun. 1945 - 16 Jul. 1945Lt. Henry Atwood Breed, USNR (Louisville, Ky.)
    5.) 16 Jul. 1945 - 13 Dec. 1945Lt./Lcdr. Frank M. Keathley, USNR (Frost, Tex.)
    6.) 13 Dec. 1945 - 01 Mar. 1946Lt.(jg) Thomas A. Kelly Jr., USNR 
    7.) 01 Apr. 1946 - 26 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Fred A. Baker Jr., USNR 

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: George E. Boddy (EM3)
    Address: 2080 River Road Lot 147
    City/State: Niagara Falls NY 14304
    Phone: (716) 283-2426
    E-mail: George Boddy

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